Growing response to Maryland newspaper shooting: 'Subscribe to your local newspaper'

Hannah Rogers
July 3, 2018

Once inside, he killed journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. Two other people were injured. He centered much of his threats against the former reporter who wrote about his harassment conviction, Eric Thomas Hartley, and the retired publisher Tom Marquardt. And with that anonymity has come racist, sexist and anti-Semitic taunts and attacks, as well as full-fledged campaigns from trolls, individuals or groups whose primary intent is to sow discord on social media platforms.

Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she was at her desk but ran after hearing shots, only to find a back door locked.

"I'll enjoy seeing @capgaznews cease publication, but it would be nicer to see Hartley and Marquardt cease breathing", he posted on February 2, 2015.

Some 300 officers arrived and began to corner Ramos within two minutes, a rapid response that "without question" saved lives, Altomare said.

The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed.

"Something like this might happen in Afghanistan or Iraq or something like that but you don't expect it in a sleepy office across the street from a local mall", said Furgurson. Somehow, they managed to put out the paper while grieving for their friends who died only hours before and working around the fact that their office was an active crime scene. Ramos was hiding under a desk and did not exchange fire with police. The president made his remarks about the shooting at the beginning of a White House event that celebrated the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts. "Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against".

In the immediate aftermath of Thursday's shooting, Mr. Trump posted to Twitter that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families. "Thank you to all of the First Responders".

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His press secretary, Ms Sarah Sanders, described the incident as an attack on "innocent journalists".

The parent company of The Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Capital Gazette, Tronc, announced it has set up a fund for families, victims and survivors. A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists at a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing several people before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said.

Drewniak said his client had a computer engineering degree and worked for the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, according to court documents. He demanded that she share with him all material she had on his case as part of a defamation lawsuit he filed against the newspaper. He brought a legal case against the paper for harming his reputation which was thrown out in 2012. His lawsuit was dismissed in 2013, and an appellate court upheld the dismissal in 2015.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community is grieving. "It's just immoral that their lives should be in danger".

The small cadre of Gazette journalists who survived the rampage are mourning their colleagues and doing their jobs, continuing to write stories from the offices of their sister newspaper, The Baltimore Sun.

According to a Friday statement reportedly released by Stephen T. Moyer, the secretary of Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the facial recognition scan of Ramos "performed as designed".

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